Badges, Patches & Awards: March 2011 Archives

100annivpatch.jpgGirl Scouts of the U.S.A. are celebrating 100 years!  Volunteer Gigi B. developed this excellent patch program to help girls celebrate and to develop an appreciation of how their council became what it is today. This patch may be earned from March 2011 through December 2012. To encourage all girls to participate, websites and other resources are provided in the patch program document.

The patch requirements fall under three categories: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. history; Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama history; and Girl Scout history-related service project. 

A patch that will go with the council's souvenir celebration patch will be available only to girls and adults completing this patch program, so plan for your girls to earn this special patch!
The IP's, Junior Badges, and Brownie Try-Its listed in this document have been retired to make way for updated badge activities and other awards that girls will earn when they begin using The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting (available September 2011). If you plan to work on the badges and patches listed below, please call ahead (800-239-6636) to be sure we either have them in stock or can order them for you. We still have many of these badges and patches in stock, and can likely order them from other councils as well.

Badges are here to stay.
GSUSA is currently working to produce new badges for Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors.  Girl Scout Daisies will continue to earn the Promise Center and Petals.  New badges will be released in the forthcoming The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, which will include badge offerings, handbook sections covering traditions and history, an awards log, and much more!  The new badges are designed to be complementary to the Girl Scout Leadership Program.  They have been planned to help all Girl Scouts develop the three Keys to Leadership:  Discover, Connect, and Take Action.  They will also help girls build skills on specific topics.   
 
Among the badge offerings will be seven "Legacy Badges" for Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors, based on traditions and activities that have been in existence since Girl Scouts beginning:  Artist, Athlete, Citizen, Cook, First Aid, Naturalist, and Girl Scout Way.  Badge activities will be progressive, so girls can build on skills they've learned at each level.  For instance, when they earn the Cook Badge as Girl Scout Brownies, they'll add to their experience when they earn the Cook Badge as Girl Scout Juniors, and all the way up to Ambassadors.  We are very excited about all the new program resources that GSUSA has developed.  We will let you know as soon as they become available to us.  In the meantime, please plan your spring awards carefully.  Supplies of current Try-Its, Badges, and Interest Project Awards in our shops will begin to sell down.  Remember that we will help you find any of these items if our supplies run low. Please call the shops if you have questions or concerns.

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